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Boy Caesar

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by Jeremy Reed
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Boy Caesar by Jeremy Reed

The past comes to haunt contemporary London in this evocation of the life of the little-known Roman boy-emperor Heliogabalus. The Roman gay world is mirrored in Jim's relations with his duplicitous partner Danny and the contemporary London scene they inhabit. Events take a weird twist when Jim discovers that his partner is living a double life as a member of a Soho cult involving bizarre sex rites on Hampstead Heath. Jim, repulsed by the cult's activities, finds his relationship with Danny at an end and that he has become a target for the leader's reprisals. He is forced to take refuge with a female friend, Masako, with whom he visits Rome to investigate sites associated with Heliogabalus. She leads him to a meeting with a wealthy young man called Antonio who claims to be the emperor reincarnated. When Jim and Masako return to London, Antonio pays them a visit which leads to a conclusion every bit as dramatic as Heliogabalus' own murder. An electrifying poetic recreation of a bizarre period of ancient history, this narrative also dissolves boundaries of gender in the complex relationship of Jim and Masako.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 200
Size: 26.8 MB
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Date published:   2003
ISBN: 9780720616040 (DRM-PDF)

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Fiction > Literary
Fiction > Gay
Fiction > Crime

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Fiction > Literary
Fiction > Mystery & Detective
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Nonfiction > History > Social History
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Nonfiction > Poetry > English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Nonfiction > Poetry > Subjects & Themes > Places
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